Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
As a disciple of Christ, I am an agent of healing simply by living into the selfless way of Jesus. It would make sense that I would be welcomed by society and perhaps even paid for my ‘work’. But just as Jewish society in Jesus’ day rejected him and even used his acts of healing to propel their case to have him crucified, so my prayers, my patient alignment with the marginalized, my religious observances, my small proclamations of compassion and truth, and my experiences and skills in areas of social justice are often ignored or rebuffed. I need the courage of Christ Jesus to carry out healing work in a hell-bent society. Will I let social indifference or antipathy stop me from being a believing, loving, praying Christian agent of healing in this world? Christ Jesus, give me your courage to be an agent of healing.
Spread your protection over them so that those who love your name may exult in you. (Psalm 5:11)
Dear Lord, I pray that your Father, the Father of all people, the One who created me and sustains me day in and day out, may recognize in me your marks and receive me because of you. Help me to follow you, to unite my life with yours and to become a mirror of your love.
Henri Nouwen. Apprenticeship to Jesus.
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Soli ad gloriam Dei
Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.